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June 10, 2021, Adrian, Michigan – The Adrian Dominican Sisters took time out on June 10, 2021, to recognize 38 Co-workers who marked a total of 375 years of service. Under the theme “Legendary Heroes,” the recognition took the form of a PowerPoint presentation that played throughout the day for Sisters and Co-workers on the Adrian Dominican Sisters’ Motherhouse Campus to view. 

Nilda Rau celebrates 30 yers of service.

This virtual celebration follows the example of last year’s celebration, “Super Heroes.” Before the COVID-19 pandemic, Co-workers were recognized for milestone anniversaries with a picnic and an awards presentation.

The following Co-workers are marking milestone anniversaries of service:

  • 30 years: Nilda Rau, Director of Resident Services.

  • 25 years: Don Palmer of Facilities and Grounds and Tammy Gomoluch of Resident Services.

  • 20 years: Candy Strine, Campus Administration; Sandy Marquez, Dominican Life Center (DLC) Administration; and Becky Benish, Nursing.

  • 15 years: Marilyn Lenhart, Finance Office; Ashley Griffes and Shella Brown, Food Services; and Bridget Ames, Nursing.

  • 10 years: Denise Shearer, Food Services; Arlene Bachanov, History Office; Erin Dress, Human Resources; and Sarah Burk, Tonya Moorehead, Wendy Randolph, and Carol Swart, Nursing. 

  • 5 Years: Ashley (LaVigne) Concord and Sheila Wathen, Communications; Laura Brosamer, Development Office; Sandy Staup and Marge Deo, DLC Administration; Kathy DeLine and Ashley Stegg, Finance Office; Lisa Sanford, Food Services; Kelly Bach, Bethany Beagle, Kelly Deck, Erica Espinoza, Jessy Frederick, Alysha Holtz, Natasha Holtz, Kaitlin Janik, Heather Lee, Rhonda Miller, Bridget Warfield, and Sharon Wingerd, Nursing; and Sister Kathleen Nolan, OP, Office of Peace, Justice, and Integrity of Earth.

The Adrian Dominican Sisters, an equal opportunity employer, welcomes interested people to consider employment with the Congregation. More information is available at 

Sister Vicki Dalesandro, OP, with Peer Counselors

May 20, 2021, Henderson, Nevada – Sister Victoria Dalesandro, OP, recently received the monthly Act of Humankindness Award from Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals for her dedicated service to two outreach programs at the hospitals’ Siena Campus.

“Sister Vicki has done an exceptional job of growing and maintaining the Senior Peer Counseling program throughout the past 12 months despite COVID-19,” wrote Holly Lyman, Director of Community Health for St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, in her nomination. “She kept all her counselors engaged through Zoom and they continued to [counsel] their clients over the phone during a time when loneliness, fear, and isolation were a huge concern for the seniors in our community.”

Sister Vicki’s work with the Senior Peer Counseling program involves training and coordinating the work of Senior Peer Counselors – volunteers, at least 50 years of age, who receive 51 hours of intensive training to prepare them to offer informal counseling to seniors suffering from a variety of challenges. “I really enjoyed counseling seniors and especially forming wonderful relationships with the Senior Peer Counselors,” she said. 

Holly, an Adrian Dominican Associate, also nominated Sister Vicki for her help with the hospital’s Responsible Early Detection (RED) Rose Program, which provides detection, diagnosis, treatment, and, at times, financial assistance to uninsured, underinsured, and undocumented women facing breast cancer. When the RED Rose coordinator left on maternity leave, Sister Vicki offered support to Victoria , who was new in her work for the program. “She also helped call clients and coordinate services to make sure our RED Rose clients didn’t fall through the cracks,” Holly added.
Sister Vicki, who is retiring from St. Rose Dominican Hospitals, spoke with gratitude during her retirement party for her many opportunities to minister to people in need. She taught in elementary schools in New Mexico, Arizona, and California, including in her native city, Los Angeles. She has also counseled first-generation Mexican Americans, worked with immigrants in the Social Action Office in Los Angeles, and coordinated the Christian Service Program for the Archdiocese of Los Angeles.

Sister Vicki began ministry at St. Rose Dominican Hospitals in 1992 as the Mission Services Director and has remained in hospital ministry since. During that time, she worked with Sister Robert Joseph Bailey in the hospital’s community education programs. Highlights of that time, she said, included the installation of the TV Care Channel in patients’ rooms and her relationship with Co-workers who wanted to become Adrian Dominican Associates.

She left St. Rose Dominican Hospitals at the end of 2000 to serve as counselor at a Catholic hospital in Apple Valley, California, but returned 10 years later as the Director of Caring and Healing at St. Rose Dominican’s San Martin Campus. She also served as the Interim Director of the RED Rose program from 2018 until April 2021. 

Sister Vicki noted with gratitude that the celebration of her retirement, April 29, 2021, marked the 65th anniversary of the day that she decided to enter the Adrian Dominican Congregation.

Sister Vicki Dalesandro, OP, with two Senior Peer Counselors from Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals

Sister Victoria Dalesandro, OP, seated, and Senior Peer Counselors Brenda Kassan, left, and Joan Harper, middle, attend a celebration of Sister Victoria’s retirement from Dignity Health-St. Rose Dominican Hospitals. The event also honored the hospital’s Senior Peer Counselors.



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